Royal Caribbean's mighty Allure of the Seas set sail on her maiden voyage in December 2010. This recently updated colossal cruise ship has 16 decks dedicated to bustling bars, sublime restaurants, fantastic shops and leisure activities. The innovative Allure of the Seas uniquely combines contemporary facilities and state-of-the-art entertainment, with all the cherished and traditional elements that comprise a wonderful holiday. Experience the majesty of your oceanic landscape via the Zip Line, which whizzes you a spectacular nine decks above the ship's boardwalk carousel. Savour the bistros, boutiques and tropical garden of Central Park - the ship's verdant, open-air neighbourhood. Relish family-time with West End shows, the AquaTheatre, a rock climbing wall and ice skating rink, or just relax in your contemporary stateroom after fine dining, delicious drinks and lively entertainment.
The aim of a cruise is to have the complete freedom of making your own holiday. On-board Allure of the Seas, you can enjoy drinks and sunshine beside the pools, ride the waves on the surf simulator, shop for some duty-free delights at Michael Kors and Kate Spade New York outlets, or watch films and sports on the colossal Outdoor Movie Screen. From babies to teens, youngsters are perfectly provided for too. Favourite characters come alive at the DreamWorks Experience, while the sun-soaked H2O Zone is filled with fountains and geysers. Also, the complimentary Adventure Ocean programme makes every day creative and entertaining. While the children are busy, why not rejuvenate your mind and body with luxury treatments at the aptly-named spa, Vitality at Sea? There's something for every shipmate on Allure of the Seas.
The complimentary dining on Allure of the Seas needs to be experienced to be believed. The international fare of the newly-expanded Windjammer Cafe offers a 24-hour grill serving up rotisserie chicken, all-day breakfasts and Philly cheese steaks, as well as a huge range of desserts and freshly blended juices. Boardwalk Dog House offers everything from traditional hot dogs to bratwursts with a variety of toppings in a fresh bun, while Sorrento's Pizza menu includes a huge list of authentic Italian dishes. For lighter bites, head to the Solarium Bistro for soups, crepes, fruits and salads, or Park Cafe for paninis, stir-fries and more. Relax indoors with a smoothie, speciality wrap or fresh fruit at the Vitality Cafe, or feast on burgers, sandwiches and ice cream at the Wipe Out Cafe.
Speciality restaurants on-board truly take dining to the next level. The 150 Central Park emulates chic New York City in every way with an intimate setting, six-to-eight course menus, paired wines and seasonal ingredients. Allure of the Seas' plush signature steakhouse Chops Grille boasts fine cuts of quality steak along with seafood and desserts, while the family-friendly Giovanni's Table has traditional Tuscan dishes and rustic ingredients to enjoy. Izumi serves up Japanese delights including a new teppanyaki menu, or go to Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar for Mexican meals, delicious tequilas and authentic Mexican beers. For a casual atmosphere, jukebox at each table and a 1950s-style décor, head to American diner Johnny Rockets. Perfect for lovers of fries, hamburgers and thick milkshakes. For guests in Grand Suites accommodation and Pinnacle members, there's an innovative fusion of Californian and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine
Not only is Allure of the Seas the perfect place to dine, it also offers some superb bars and lounges. The absolute must-do is Rising Tide Bar - an amazing, moving drinks venue that gently rises and drops over three decks. The Solarium Bar is perfectly-placed for hopping out of the whirlpool and grabbing a thirst-quenching refreshment, whereas the Globe & Atlas Pub is great for pints and performances. The Schooner Bar has an inviting nautical-theme and a wonderful drinks menu, but head to the Champagne Bar for a special toast with a glass of bubbles. Boleros Lounge features mojitos, caipirinhas and dance-inducing Latin music, while Blaze provides drinks and dancing until late.
Regardless of mood and preference, Allure of the Seas has something to enchant and captivate. Discover family-friendly fun at the stunning AquaTheatre featuring synchronised swimmers, diving acrobats, absorbing trampolinists, mesmeric light shows, and a wonderful 'sea and sun' backdrop. Comedy Live mimics a New York City subway station and delivers a host of snappy one-liners and witty anecdotes. World-class shows fresh from the West End rule the stage at Amber Theatre during your cruise, including firm favourite Chicago and a host of comedies. There's also choreographed ice shows, a bustling night club, live music throughout the bars, and jazz tunes at the 1920s-themed bar Jazz On 4. But if flexing your bluffing skills at the poker table or taking a spin of the roulette wheel are more your style, head to the Monte Carlo-inspired Casino Royale for blackjack and slot machines. There's no scope for boredom aboard Allure of the Seas.
Day 1: UK to Barcelona, Spain
Fly from selected UK airports to Barcelona. On arrival make your way to the port to board Allure of the Seas for your seven night cruise.
Day 2: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Palma sits on the south coast of Balearic island of Majorca and is the island's capital city. The streets of this vibrant port city are lined with an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, and heritage buildings. Explore the narrow alleys and lanes of the old town, before spending time at the impressive Palma Cathedral. Indulge in retail therapy on Avenida Jaume III, Passeig de Born, and the streets around the Placa Major. Palma Aquarium, Bellver Castle and the Joan Miro Foundation are well worth a visit, too. The dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows at Marineland and Poble Espanyol — a collection of Spain's famous buildings in miniature — are great for family times. Or why not take a scenic train ride to the town of Soller or travel inland to the Caves of Drach?
Day 3: Marseille (Provence), France
Your stepping stone to the fields of lavender of Provence and charming villages like Cassis or Les Baux. Drop into one of the restaurants around the colourful Vieux Port (old harbour) and order Bouillabaisse, the hearty fish stew invented here.
Day 4: La Spezia (Florence/Pisa), Italy
The Italian port of Livorno gives you access to both Florence and Pisa. Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and the centre of Italian Renaissance. Explore Italy's greatest artistic treasures; Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Duomo with its world famous dome. No visit would be complete without stopping by the Uffizi Gallery and admiring the panoramic views of Florence from the 19th-century Pizzale Michelangelo. Pisa is most famous for its iconic leaning tower and is a must on any to-see list. Take a tour around the five-aisled Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the nearby Baptistery. Pay a visit to Campo Santo (Sacred Field), Museo Nazionale, and Palazzo dei Cavalieri.
Day 5: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
The capital of Italy, Rome, is a sprawling city cosmopolitan city brimming with globally-influential art, architecture, and culture. The three-tiered Roman Colosseum amphitheatre offers fascinating tours of ancient history. The late Renaissance St Peter's Basilica was crafted by Michelangelo and other architects and is a must-see. The crystal blue waters and sculptures of Trevi Fountain will leave you mesmerised. The Roman Forum is the excavated heart of the Roman Empire and provides an insight of age-old times. Vatican Museums are home to Renaissance art treasures and feature the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Take a walk down the famous Spanish Steps. Pay a visit to the bustling Piazza Navona with its Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana del Nettuno fountains, exquisite bars, and talented street artists.
Day 6: Naples. Italy
Naples on Italy's Amalfi Coast is your next port of call. Visit Piazza del Plebiscito to admire the Royal Palace, Galleria Umberto and San Carlo Theatre. Step inside the Duomo to view the Cappella di San Gennaro, the baptistery, and colourful frescoes and mosaics. Enjoy family-time at Acquario Della Stazione Zoological Di Napoli. Join a tour to the ruins of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and picturesque Sorrento and Positano. Or take a scenic boat trip to the beautiful island of Capri.
Day 8: Barcelona, Spain to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.